Words and photos from Andy Mahre
The second half of the Idaho trip was awesome. We learned a lot of helpful backcountry touring techniques from Mike Hattrup, Zach and Reggie Crist, Sarah Carpenter, and Martin Volken. Our final run of the trip was powder filled from Titus Ridge down to Galena Lodge. It consisted of the previously mentioned group, Ross Reid, Lexi DuPont and myself, of course.
From Idaho I went back to home Washington for almost a full week. The snow was awesome at this point, so I proceeded to ski powder daily. I shot photos with local photographer and friend, Jason Hummel. We got some decent images before I had to head home to repack my bags to head out to Colorado.
Day one I drove out to Sun Valley to pick up Lexi. Day two we drove out to Silverton, CO to compete in Red Bull Cold Rush. There, we linked up with Pep Fujas, Collin Collins, and Leo Ahrens, among others. The next day we headed up to the slopestyle venue to manicure the jumps and rail feature. These features were massive so it took a huge crew to get them into hit-able condition. High winds scoured the landings and drifted the in-runs.
After a full days work and a bad sunburn came the competition. The first day was the big mountain venue where I ended up 3rd on the day. Everyone charged, especially for how thin the snowpack was. Day two was the slopestyle. Many people slaughtered the course, while some, including myself had some trouble. All in all it was a great time. The podium spots were well deserved, and I hope next year I can take one of those spots. I finished 5th overall.
Now, I am back at home. I got in a few days ago, and I’m packing up to head up to B.C. with the Nimbus crew. My snowmobile is ready to go for its first ride of the year. Stoked. Here’s to scuffin’ duff.